US man denied bail in NY police cannibalism case
NEW YORK (AP) - A US man was denied bail on Monday in a cannibalism case after a prosecutor said the 22-year-old auto mechanic confessed to the FBI that a plot to kidnap, rape and kill a woman that he planned to carry out with a New York City police officer was more than an Internet fantasy.
Michael Vanhise was ordered detained by US Magistrate Judge Henry Pitman three days after he was arrested on charges that he planned a gruesome plot with Officer Gilberto Valle.
Valle, 28, is set for trial in two weeks in Manhattan federal court on charges that he planned to abduct, rape, murder and eat women. No women were injured in either case and Vanhise's attorney said her client even tried to warn authorities about others he feared might actually commit the acts they discussed in a deviant online fantasy world.
Judge Pitman seemed reluctant to deprive Vanhise of bail until Assistant US Attorney Randall Jackson insisted Vanhise had confessed to FBI agents on Friday that he meant to carry out the plot with Valle even though he had said it was fantasy when he was speaking with the FBI several times a week since October.